Mark Ormrod said having to beg charities for money had caused more distress than the physical injuries he suffered after stepping on an improvised explosive device
A former Royal Marine who lost three limbs in Afghanistan said he had to “beg, borrow and steal” to get the care he needed amid calls for a major shake-up of health services offered to amputee veterans.
Mark Ormrod said having to beg charities for money had caused more distress than the physical injuries he suffered after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand on Christmas Eve 2007.
His account is detailed in a report written by Jon White, a former captain in the Royal Marines, which has urged ministers to overhaul the way the NHS and Ministry of Defence (MoD) care for amputee troops and veterans.
Mr White, 32, is a triple amputee after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2010. He has called for NHS funding to be transferred to the MoD to allow the most severely injured veterans to have prosthetic limbs fitted at a world-leading clinic in America.
Mr Ormrod became the UK’s first triple amputee from Afghanistan after losing his legs and his right arm. He had to raise more than £140,000 for artificial limbs and sockets to be fitted by experts at the Hanger Clinic in Oklahoma City.
Mr Ormrod said: “I still continue to beg, borrow and steal to get the care and equipment that I need. It is a source of extreme stress and anxiety for me, my wife and my children, who all depend on me. Having to beg charities for money hurts my pride and makes me feel that my sacrifice for this country wasn’t worthwhile. To have to go through this after having given so much is painful and is actually more a cause of distress than the actual injuries themselves.”